Work One Unemployment

Work One is the State of Indiana’s primary portal to file for unemployment benefits if you are a resident of that state.  The Work One unemployment benefits website is overseen and maintained by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.  Their goal is to help you receive Indiana unemployment benefits (if you meet all applicable eligibility requirements) and to help you find a job, regardless of whether you are currently receiving Indiana unemployment benefits or not.  The Work One unemployment benefits website offers the “Uplink” program to submit your unemployment application online.  In this article, we will overview what information Work One expects you to provide to them when you submit your unemployment application and, how long you can expect to receive Indiana unemployment insurance and other useful tips regarding how to qualify for their program.

Submitting An Indiana Unemployment Benefits Application

When you are preparing to file an unemployment application through the Internet, the Work One unemployment office will require you to submit the following information:

  • Your personal information and contact information.  This includes you full name, current mailing address and physical address, your Social Security number, your Indiana driver’s license or identification card number and your birthday.
  • Your work history information.  The Work One benefits office will examine 18 months of work history to see whether your prior employers were paying Indiana unemployment taxes and to see how much money you made during that period of time.  You will need to give starting and stop dates for each job you had over that time frame and give information relating to each company you worked for (including the company’s name, address and phone number).

How Long Can You Receive Indiana Unemployment Benefits?

The current laws relating to unemployment claim weeks have been in quite a bit of flux since 2008.  At the time this article was written individuals who qualified for Indiana unemployment benefits receive up to 20 weeks of initial tier payments.  Once this first tier of payments has been used up, federal unemployment extension benefits will provide compensation for up to another 53.  If you still are unemployed after the 53 weeks of benefits has been used up, the Work One unemployment office will then provide an additional 26 weeks of payments.  This makes the grand total of possible unemployment benefits you may be entitled to receive 99 weeks, or almost two full years!

Please keep in mind that your eligibility for these extended unemployment benefits depends on when you became unemployed and whether you are able to find new employment while you are receiving compensation.

Things To Remember As You Apply For Indiana Unemployment Benefits

As you prepare to apply for Indiana unemployment benefits, remember these important tips:

  • You must be both willing and able to find a new job in order to qualify at all.  Retired or disabled people must rely upon other programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or the Social Security retirement benefits program.
  • You must demonstrate each week that you are attempting to find a new job while you receive Work One unemployment payments and be willing to accept a reasonable job offer that is extended to you
  • The maximum amount of compensation you will receive each week is $390 and the lowest is $50.  This is all based upon the income you earned during the time leading up to the point that you filed for Indiana unemployment benefits.


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